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The trick to climbing 2,446 stone steps

Haguro-san is famous for its stone stairway in the middle of the cedar forest. Each of the 2,446 steps is a different height, a different shape, and a different depth as well. When you walk the steps, it is obvious that they were built for Japanese people a few centuries ago, rather than a 186cm-tall Kiwi Yamabushi in 2022.

I don’t know how many times I have climbed them, by now the number would be in the 100s. And over the years I’ve watched as usually after the rain, people slip and slide down the mountain, myself included at times. Every time though, the advice is always the same.

The trick to climbing 2,446 stone steps, is to climb 2,446 stone steps.

That’s right, the trick is to climb every. single. step.

Once you realise that getting too far ahead of yourself is a recipe for disaster, you make sure to walk every step. And that’s the way you guarantee you get through.

That’s how you climb 2,446 stone steps.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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Tim.

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